Celebrations of Life
WILLIAM HERBERT SMYTH 1935 – 2018 After several years of health challenges, Bill passed away on Saturday, June 30th surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Catherine (nee Sharp), his sons David (Barbara Steed) and Paul (Nanette) as well as grandchildren Mackenzie (Derek Griffioen), Megan, Janet, Michael, Hannah and Cameron. Born and raised in Belfast, N. Ireland, Bill followed his sister Eileen and brother-in-law Stan Cox to Canada in 1952. After several years as a draftsman, he entered OCE and qualified as a technical teacher. Hired by the Scarborough Board of Education in 1962, Bill rapidly advanced and retired in 1994 as a Supervisory Officer. In retirement, he enjoyed getting together with family and friends at the cottage, golf, travel and dinners with friends. Need I add the odd little tipple of Irish in there?
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with visitation on Sunday, July 22nd 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Monday at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Heart and Stroke, Cancer Society, Jubilee United Church or a charity of your choosing.
HIGGINS, MARY ANNA Passed away with peace and grace on June 26th at North York General Hospital in her 82nd year. Survived by her daughters Kelly of Toronto, and Maureen (Kevin) of Georgetown, granddaughter Jayden, and granddog Marley. She is also survived by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved. She was predeceased by Alexander Malcolm Nicholson (father), Marian Nicholson (mother), Ruth Dibbs (sister) and Alexander Nicholson (brother). She was fortunate enough to spend her last few years of life with her partner Ralph Beals.
Mary Anna was born on February 24th, 1937 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She went back to Saskatchewan by train at 6 weeks of age with her mother, to be with her family. After high school, she moved to Toronto to pursue studies in Music at the University of Toronto. She became a teacher and settled in North York, both to work and live. At the North York Board of Education, she taught Strings and English. Her last position before retirement was as a Program Consultant of Music. During her working years, she was also the Director of Music at Parkwoods United Church. Throughout her retirement, she enjoyed playing for weddings and church services, both at Parkwoods United Church and Jubilee United Church. Most recently, she brought her passion of music to the residents at her Revera retirement home, where she and Ralph would put on concerts. She will be always remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and whose greatest enthusiasm was music and the gift it gave others.
A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church on Friday, July 20th at 1pm. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ingber, Dr. Weisz, and the North York General Hospital chemo clinic for their care and support during her cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Myeloma Canada, or the charity of your choice.
PATERSON, GWENDOLINE MARGARET (GWENDA) (nee FYFE) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gwenda after a fierce four year battle with cancer, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at North York General Hospital with her daughter CJ Mesenchuk (nee Paterson) by her side. She survived to enjoy the birth and first years of her grandchildren Robert (aged 3) and Elizabeth (aged 1). Loving sister of Marilyn Wiebe and remembered by her son-in-law Chris Mesenchuk, niece Michelle Williams (Matt) and nephew Richard Wiebe (Michelle). Gwenda was an accomplished accountant who will be sadly missed by her staff, clients, family and friends both for her stellar work and her considerable baking skills. Family and friends are welcome to attend her funeral on Thursday, July 12th at Jubilee United Church. Visitation is at 12 p.m., service at 1 p.m. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., North York, ON M3A 2J5, 416-447-6846. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Jubilee United Church and Wheels of Hope.
MANCHUL, Edward Donald P. Eng November 18, 1926 – May 31, 2018. Ed passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in West Park LTC. He was the loving husband of Marion for 68 wonderful years of marriage. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Lee Ann and Lynn, his son-in-law Mike Devlin and his two grandchildren, Eddie and Megan, whom he doted on. He will also be fondly remembered by his sister Irene Murray and brother-in-law Bill Murray and cherished by his many family members and friends. Born in Rivers, Man., Ed graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to become a successful civil engineer, working on infrastructure projects across the country with Public Works Canada. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program later in his career. That prepared him to complete his professional life as Director General, Ontario Region with the agency. He was an accomplished golfer and a talented storyteller with a remarkable sense of humour. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Del Manor Wynford, Mosiac Home Care and West Park LTC for their care and compassion.
Friends and family are invited for a Celebration of Life on June 3 from 2-4pm at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Road, east gate entrance). In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice in Ed’s honour would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit etouch.ca.
There will be no formal service, but instead a gathering of friends as noted above.
HODGINS, Margaret Barbara (nee WILLIAMS) On Sunday, April 22, 2018 surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, Daryl R. Hodgins and her parents, the Rev. Milton and Jessie Williams. Survived by sons Glenn (Ann), Eric (Coleen) and Murray (Catherine) and daughter Andrea (Scott). Loving grandma to Kalliopi (Avi), Alicia, Morgan, Hilary, Timothy, Gwen and Cole and great-grandma to Talia and Rahm. Survived by her cousin Joyce Williams and brother-in-law Warren (Isolde), nephew Myke and niece Tess (Guy). Barb attended Branksome Hall and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and received her ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory. A gifted organist, she played first at her father’s church and then served as music director of the St. Mark’s United Church choir. This group became the nucleus of the Amadeus Choir and Barb was its director for a period of 10 years. More recently, she was organist and choir director at St. John’s United Church in Scarborough. Also a busy and enthusiastic piano teacher, she touched the lives of many young musicians over the years. Barb shared with her husband Daryl a love of the family cottage in Killarney, especially when it was filled with her family and friends and she had a special knack for catching the biggest fish of all. One of the many gifts she gave her children was an appreciation of the outdoors, encouraging them to explore the remote parts of Canada through Camp Wanapitei. A gentler, kinder soul never walked the earth. Visitation Friday, April 27th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1S 1T3. Funeral Service Saturday, April 28th at 11 a.m., Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, ON M3A 2J5. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens, 33 Memory Gardens Lane, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 3K4. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Barb’s name to the Amadeus Choir, or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Online condolences at ogdenfuneralhome.com.
THOMSON, Elizabeth Shaw (nee MacVicar), Bess to those who know her, passed away on March 25, 2018 after years of health issues. Beloved wife of the late Donald James Thomson. Loving mother to Anne (Robert), David (Jennifer) and Iona (Paul). Proud Nana to Adrian, Alexandra (Adam), Calvin, Trey, Cole, Deanna, Darren, Megan and great Nana to Lily, Owen and Georgia. Dear sister to Cathie, Helen and Mary (deceased). Celebration of Life to be held at Jubilee United Church at 1pm on Saturday March 31, 2018. Reception to follow service. Mom loved flowers and bright colours and in honour of this we would ask that you wear your favourite colourful spring outfit to the celebration. Private internment to be held at a later date. Donations can be made to your charity of choice if you wish.
HENVILLE, Michael It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Michael Henville announces his passing after a short illness on Friday, March 9, 2018. Michael was born (1943.04.30), on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, to parents Frank and Phyllis Henville. He studied electrical engineering in England before moving to Jamaica where he worked for the Government as well as completing post graduate studies at the University of the West Indies. In 1979, he and his family moved to Toronto. In Canada, he worked for Ontario Hydro and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, his sister Dawn, brother Charlie (Gabrielle Fay), children Christopher (Simone Waite) and Philip. Michael was loved by his family and will be fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Miguel, Maya, Charlie and Carys. He will be greatly missed by his many relatives, friends and colleagues in Canada, the Caribbean, and England. Memorial Visitation will be held at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Toronto, on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Jubilee United Church,40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
KALANDA, Mary Elizabeth (nee MacVicar) passed away on February 4, 2018. Mary was the loving wife to Brian Kalanda, doting mother to Robert and Kevin, supportive mother-in-law to Kristen Oliver and devoted friend to many others. Mary fought a very courageous battle from post- surgical complications. Mary was family first, but always found time to be an active member at Jubilee United Church and Delta Gamma, along with many other charitable organizations. The visitation and memorial services will be at Jubilee United Church at 40 Underhill Drive. The visitation services will be on Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., followed by the memorial service to be held on Monday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
MORI, MARGARET UTAKO (nee ONODERA) Peacefully at Scarborough Hospital on December 31, 2017 in her 92nd year with family by her side. Predeceased by her husband, Reginald (2007) of 47 years. Beloved mother of Carolynne (Greig Nishio), Wendy (Shane Togawa), Lawrence (Sharon Mitsubata) and Sandy (Vaughn Tanaka). She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Tim, Jonathan, Noah, Brendan, Taryn, Russell and Natalie. Predeceased by her brother Jim and survived by her brother, Tom. Family and friends will be received at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Visitation on Friday, January 5th from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A private family service will be held. Special thanks to the staff at Momiji for their wonderful care and support and to the palliative care team at the Scarborough Hospital for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers and koden, memorial donations to Momiji Health Care Society, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. For online condolences please visit www.highlandfuneralhome.ca
BALL (FOY), Nancy Jane At Greenview Lodge on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Raymond. Loving mother of Cynthia (Wayne) and Greg (Giselle), dear grandmother of Lucas, Chloe and Danielle and great-grandmother of Vanessa. Dear sister of the late Lucia Farmer; sister-in-law of Marilyn Ryder (Ball). Will be fondly remembered by nieces and nephews. Nancy was born in Toronto and attended St. Clements School, graduating with honours. Raising her family was a role she cherished. As her children grew she reentered the workforce, dedicating herself as an employee of Manpower and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. A proud member of the United Church Women for over fifty years, Nancy loved playing bridge, gardening, needle arts and going to the theatre. A wonderful, caring woman who will be truly missed. The family thanks the staff of Greenview lodge and CBI for their kind and compassionate care of Nancy. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York. Donations may be made in her name to Jubilee United Church.
McFARLANE, Terry. Best known to the former members of St. John’s United Church, Terry passed away peacefully at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital – Birchmount Site on Friday November 10th, 2017 at age 90. Terry was born in Bengough, Saskatchewan and is predeceased by her parents, Reginald and Julia, eldest sister Ilona, and brothers, Lemuel, Logan, and Tommy. She is survived by sister, Lois. She and husband George celebrated 63 years of love and marriage on October 9th, 2017. Terry was a devoted and loving mother to George (Lee-Anne), Leanne (Len), John (Karen), and foster sons, Daryl (Tracey), and Gary (Vee). Terry was a proud and adoring ‘Nana’ to Jamie, Emily, William, Austin, Lyndsay (Cameron), Carly, Molly, Tommy, Tausha, Evan, Jessica (Trevor), Breanne, Logan, Aiden, and Svara, as well as great granddaughter, Elliotte. Terry graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 and went on to study at the University of Manitoba, where she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1951. Terry and George raised their family in Agincourt and she worked for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for over thirty years. Terry loved the Toronto Maple Leafs, a canoe or sailboat ride at the family cottage in Parry Sound, and lived her life serving God and helping others. Terry was dedicated, passionate, and compassionate in all endeavors she pursued. She will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy) on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the Chapel at 2 p.m., with visitation an hour prior. Rev. Ian Manson will preside. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Terry may be made to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Toronto, Heart and Stroke Society, Covenant House Toronto, or Scarborough and Rouge Hospital – Birchmount Site. http://ogden.funeraltechweb.com/tribute/details/16177/Terry-McFarlane/service-information.html
MOYNAUGH, Alice Emily Josephine “Jo” (nee Whelan) Passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital, November 3, 2017 in her 97th year. Predeceased by husband William (1976). Loving mother to Patricia, Richard and Kathleen, grandmother to Edward, Gavin and Kristen. Lifelong learner, teacher and friend. Memorial service November 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Don Mills, ON.
SHARP, Ilda Pearl (nee Faint) In her 96th year, died peacefully in her home of over 60 years, surrounded by family on July 20, 2017. Predeceased in 2005 by Peter, her loving husband of 56 years. Wonderful mother of John (Mary-Coleen and the late Karen Steward), Trudey Nicklee (Brian), Donald (Diane) and Duncan (Jonty). Proud grandmother of Katie, Christopher (Krysta), Nicole, Graham, Shona, Kevin, David, Griffin and James. Sister-in-law to Cathy and Bill Smyth and friend to Patty Stewart. Predeceased by her 11 brothers and sisters: Clifford, Bertha Rumney, Ross, Bessie Hampton, Goldwin, Vera Walker, Annas Robinson, Winston, Wilfred, Dorothea Renney (Thompson) and Wray. Celebration of Life on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, M3A 2J5. Visitation with the family at Jubilee United Church on Sunday, July 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. and 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service. Reception to follow at the Church. Special thanks to Natasha and the other health professionals who helped us keep Mom at home. In lieu of flowers, donations to Jubilee United Church or a charity of your choice.
JONES, Robert Louis April 15, 1923 – October 31, 2017 Passed away at home peacefully at the wonderful age of 94, with family by his side. Loving husband to Dixie; father to Bryn (Nancy), Ken (Olga), Robert Jr. (Teresa) and Jodi (Paul); beloved grandfather to Melissa (Jeremy), Michael (Amanda), Emma, Taylor, Owen and Alex and great-grandfather to Ella, Rylan, Ava and Nolan. Bob will be missed by his extended family in England and Australia and by the many wonderful friends he made throughout his long life. Born in Woolwich (London) and raised in Brixton, he lived through the Blitz, eventually joined the RAF, got his flight training in Canada, and later served in India. After the war, he received his CA and took an employment opportunity that brought him to Toronto to join Glaxo Canada. After a very successful career in finance at Glaxo (GSK), he retired in 1988 and travelled the world with Dixie, living life to it’s fullest. His later life was filled with the joy of being a grandparent and a great-grandparent. Donations may be made to the Aphasia Institute, www.aphasia.ca, which was instrumental in Bob’s recovery after a stroke. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date. Please visit www.ogdenfuneralhomes.com for details.
SHAW, Ernie A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Jubilee United Church on Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m. Visitation precedes at 12 p.m. Reception to follow.
FLETCHER, Jack Visitation with the Fletcher family will be held at Jubilee United Church on Tuesday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Service will be held in Glencoe, Ontario on Wednesday, July 19.
ALCOCK, Joan Marilyn (nee RICHARDSON). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan in her 86th year on Sunday, July 9, 2017 after suffering a massive stroke at her cottage. Beloved wife of Ron for 63 years, cherished mother of Scott (JoAnne), Kerry (Richard) and dearest grandmother of Mackenzie, Garrett, Blake, Wyatt, Brett and Zachary. Predeceased by her brother Murray and survived by her sister-in-law Carol. She will be greatly missed by dear friend Betty Barron and their Thursday afternoon tea of 60 years. Friends may call at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East in Scarborough, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Jubilee United Church on 40 Underhill Drive, North York on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11 a.m., reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation would be appreciated. Her prim & proper ways will be dearly missed.
VITALE, HELEN C. February 28, 1921 – March 29, 2017 Passed peacefully at North York General Hospital with her daughter at her side at the age of 96 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband John Vitale in 1996. She is survived by her children Janice Vitale and Jill Greenwood (David) and her grandchildren Adam and Michael Greenwood. Helen was born in Toronto and raised her family in Don Mills. She was an avid curler, golfer and a killer Scrabble player right into her 90s. She was a longtime member of Jubilee (formerly Donminster) United Church and sang in the choir for many years. Visitation will be at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home at 1939 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., Toronto, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at noon. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to Jubilee United Church or to CNIB.
We are inviting past and present choir members to join our choir for that day to lead in the hymns (you might also choose to share in a simple anthem). If you are interested in being part of the choir for Helen’s service you can be in touch with Choir Director, Daniel Rubinoff at email@example.com.
BARKER, GARY ARTHUR 1939 to 2017 Passed away on January 20, 2017 at the Toronto Western Hospital following a tragic accident. Gary was a retired educator with the Toronto Board of Education from the years 1959 to 1994. He taught at various schools as a Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal where his love of children and his contribution to their education was evident. Gary loved music and was a longtime member of The Toronto Choristers. He also had a lifelong passion for sports, participating on many teams. Gary was predeceased by his sister Linda and daughter Wendy and will be sadly missed by his children – Christopher, Heather and Evelyn and by his siblings June, George, Ruthann, Wayne and Glen and by his loving partner Mary. A special thank you to Dr. Victoria McCredie, Neurocritical Care, Moe Anderson, Spiritual Care and the dedicated nursing staff in the Neurosurgical ICU. A visitation will be held at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, Ontario, followed by the funeral service. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the UHN Toronto and Western Hospital Foundation.
SIMONS, Fred A. January 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 1:30 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street (at Goulding, south of Steeles). If desired, donations to Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook would be appreciated.